No plans for the next couple of weeks. Just loads of video editing and climbing in central WA.
Exploring the state of Austin, visiting college friends, eating great food truck fare, and enjoying this surprisingly cool city.
After spending a month downsizing from a 4BR house to a 17″ travel trailer we went to interview the guys at the American Alpine Institute about their Guides Choice Awards.
A week of house-sitting in Bend is not a tough gig! Although the highlight of our week was when we toured the Metolius Headquarters.
We were both blown away by the scale of the Carlsbad Caverns. It is simply impossible to put into words the size, complexity, and beauty of this place.
We found ourselves racing again to hit the Idaho Mountain Festival in the City of Rocks and spend time climbing in the historic area.
We thought “Hell, we’re in Florida, and there is a campground on an island, that sounds perfect!” A little less than perfect, but pleasant none-the-less.
Spent most of the 2014 summer living on the lake at Fairfield Pond. Loons, turtles, geese, sun, water: It’s a sweet life we live.
We took a tour of SMC and a ton of video. It was awesome to learn more history of this almost-forgotton-in-the-climbing-world manufacturer.
Driving into Flagstaff we didn’t have many expectations, but the ones we did have were pleasantly surpassed. This college town felt like a sleepy mountain village with just the right ratio of size and outdoor access. We really didn’t much want to mosey on after just a week.
Alison’s brother, Martin, is now settling into a routine in Fort Myers so we decided to stop in, and stay for a couple of weeks.
Based on recommendations from friends we met in Hueco, we intended to climb at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Instead, the rain gods decided to unleash a torrent upon land.
We showed up at the tail-end of the climbing season in Hueco. Which ended up being a blessing. The weather remained manageable but a little on the warm side. The biggest benefit. No people. There was virtually no-one climbing in the park. And with the history of the place, it made for a magical experience.
We cannot wait to return. If you’ve never been. Go. If you’re a boulderer, go. If you’re a sporty, go. If you’re a trad fan, you’ve probably already gone but if you haven’t, go! It really is that good. We can offer directions to free camping outside the park if you’re interested. Drop us an email.
Made a weekend trip with Alison’s brother, Martin, to Key West to play in the water and look upon the southernmost point of the U.S. and Hemingway’s 6-toed cats.
Visited Alison’s parents’ before getting moved in to the camp on Fairfield Pond.
We had good friends from college living outside Charlotte, NC so we made plans to stop in for a couple of days. Sean is responsible for the branding of one of the top names in NASCAR: Kasey Kahne. So we got a chance to walk through Kahne’s multi-million dollar facility for building out cars. We are about as far from being NASCAR people as possible but I still found it pretty impressive.
Our address is registered in Washington. We were in Idaho and snuck into Utah, to buy a car, before we drove to Oregon.
We toured an old plantation mansion, strolled through the bayou, and generally just tried to get a sense of where we were.
This place is pretty damn sweet if you want free camping, ridiculously easy access, and fun single-pitch climbing. It gets a little crowded on the weekends but this is another place we wanted to stay longer.
It was Alison’s birthday so we decided to hit up the Big Easy for some good food and all-night music.
We rolled into town just in time to help out with the amazing Thrash and Dangle Fest. This event is so much more than just a climbing comp. Can’t really explain it, you just have to experience it for yourself.
We were blazing a trail to VT about as fast as we could from North Carolina but with friends living in Pittsburg, we had to make a stop for the day. I was actually surprised at how interesting Pittsburg was. Although some of the industrial nature of the city wasn’t super appealing, the neighborhoods we visited were quite pleasant. Pittsburg, I’m impressed.
We flew to Nevada (before we had the trailer) with exceptionally large duffel bags to hand out shirts and stickers to Red Rock Rendezvous-ers.
Another stop on our bee-line toward Vermont, Rochester included visiting friends, walking the strongest dog I’ve ever seen, and eating amaaaaaayzing food. Thanks Laura for the great tour.
Originally we came to Smith Rocks because of the Climbing Fest, but we were so busy doing car/trailer things (new tires, etc) we pretty much missed the Fest. Fortunately, we still got to climb a bunch.
St.George is a hidden treasure worth exploring. We went by chance to meet up with friends and loved it. Lots of climbing options.
We bought a house! Well, a 17′ travel trailer that will be our home for the next year+ as we tour the country.
Wenatchee is where Andreas grew up. There’s a garage full of tools, an extra bed, and welcoming parents. While Andreas worked in Seattle, I stayed here awaiting the arrival of and then installing solar panels and heat.
Another recommendation from friends met along the way, we decided to stop off at White Sands National Monument. Fascinating place with enough ecological mystery and beauty to keep our minds off of the crowds of families.
Vermont – (Dec 3-17)
Nelson, BC – hut ski trip (Dec 19-Dec 29)
Wenatchee, WA – camper updates
Salt Lake City, UT – Outdoor Retailer (Jan 22-28)
Nevada – climbing (Jan 29 – Feb 11)
Southern California – New Jack City climbing (Feb 12-20)
Seattle, WA (Feb 21-26)
L.A., CA – Mad Rock HQ and visiting friends
Joshua Tree, National Park, CA – climbing
Red Rock Rendezvous 2014 – climbing
St. George, UT – climbing and visiting friends
Flagstaff, AZ – Voodoo Climbing HQ
Phoenix, AZ – Thrash and Dangle fest
Tucson, AZ – visiting friends
White Sands National Monument, NM – very white
Hueco Tanks, TX – bouldering and finger surgery
Carlsbad, NM – caverns, BIG caverns
Austin and Reimers Ranch, TX – climbing and visiting friends
New Iberia, LA – Tabasco plant
New Orleans, LA – Alison’s birthday
Mobile, AL – work day
Dauphin Island, FL – camping on an island in FL? Should’a passed
Ft. Myers, FL – visiting Alison’s brother
Key West, FL – Exploring FL
Georgia – quick stop for peaches
Mooresville, NC – visiting friends
Boone, NC – Exploring NC
Ashville, NC – Exploring NC
Banner Elk, NC – Misty Mountain HQ
Hot Springs, NC – quick weekend AT hike
Pittsburg, PA – visiting friends
Rochester, NY – visiting friends
Montgomery, VT – back home in green VT
Fairfield Pond, VT – parents cabin for the summer
Plymouth, MA – work trip for a filming gig
Dennis, MA – The town that carries Alison’s family name
Waterbury, CT – Family gathering
Wenatchee, WA (Jan-Jun, ’15)
North Conway, NH – climbing (June ’15)
Duluth, MN – MTB camp (July ’15)
Salt Lake City, UT – Outdoor Retailer ’15 (Aug ’15)
City of Rocks, ID – climbing/biking (Aug. ’15)
Bellingham, WA – Andreas’ brother/sister-in-law have a baby (Aug. ’15)
Wenatchee, WA – climbing/working (Aug. ’15)